Reduction of Structural Mass Fraction for Extreme Solar HALE Flying Wings
Agency / Branch:
DOD / DARPA
Andrews Space, Inc. proposes an innovative high altitude, long endurance (HALE) wing structural concept. The approach will be a careful optimization of the flexible and rigid structure to minimize mass. Additionally, a manufacturing feasibility study will be undertaken in order to determine if current industry tooling and methods are adequate. The effectiveness of HALE aircraft is highly dependant on mass fraction. A new structural concept is necessary to provide any drastic increase in mass fraction. By combining a new fabric technology with an innovative rigid structure, a new generation of HALE aircraft can be developed. In order to complete the atmospheric satellite missions that modern HALE aircraft strive to meet, a new type of structural design is necessary.
Small Business Information at Submission:
ANDREWS SPACE, INC.
505 5th Ave S Suite 300 Seattle, WA 98104
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